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Starlink to boost antenna output

It seems SpaceX’s Starlink service is gearing up to meet its outstanding demand and widen distribution of its broadband by satellite service. At last week’s Satellite 2021 show in Washington, SpaceX’s CFO Bret Johnsen told delegates that the company is currently losing money on each and every Starlink system it supplies and in particular on […]

September 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

Starlink data transfers “the speed of light”

Elon Musk has said his Starlink broadband by satellite service will operate its data-transfer of customer’s material at “the speed of light”. Musk’s comments refer to the use of laser transmitters on board the ‘next generation’ of satellites. Early satellites already in space, about 1700 of them, will depend on non-laser ground-based gateway links to […]

September 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

“No India communication” from Musk, Bezos, OneWeb

An enterprising individual in India, and quoted the Indian Express, has submitted a Right to Information (RTI) request to India’s Dept. of Telecommunications (DoT) and asking what the status was on the planet’s three giant satellite constellation operators: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos or OneWeb. The RTI, surprisingly perhaps, has generated little in the way of […]

June 21, 2021By Chris Forrester

Nigeria in Starlink talks

SpaceX is in advanced talks with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to bring its SpaceX Starlink broadband by satellite service to the country. According to local reports, Starlink’s Market Access Director for Africa, Ryan Goodnight along with other experts, paid a visit to the NCC where they discussed the possibility and process of obtaining licences […]

May 10, 2021By Chris Forrester

SpaceX preps next batch of Starlinks

Elon Musk’s SpaceX May 4th launch of 60 Starlink craft will be followed by another 60 on – or about – May 9th. There will likely be another record broken. The May 9th launch, subject to the usual weather and technical limitations, is currently scheduled for 06.42am GMT (02.42am Florida time) and is the 27th […]

May 7, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bezos vs Musk: Let battle commence

The news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now publicly committing to using the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) giant Atlas 5 rocket was no great surprise. However, his decision allows a noticeably clear opportunity for a ‘contrast and compare’ between the Bezos-backed Project Kuiper and arch-rival Elon Musk’s Starlink scheme. The two rivals are also […]

April 21, 2021

Amazon buys 9 Atlas launches for Kuiper LEOs

Jeff Bezos has contracted nine rocket launches with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch his initial Project Kuiper low Earth orbiting (LEO) broadband-by-satellite craft. The contract means that for the time being he is not depending on his own Blue Origin rocket system. “We’re determined to make affordable broadband a reality for customers and […]

April 20, 2021By Chris Forrester

Ergen pockets $95m

Charlie Ergen, who is a major shareholder in Dish Network and EchoStar, has enjoyed a bump in his overall salary and compensation. Ergen is not quite in the same league as Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, but this past year his total compensation has rocketed from $2.36 million to $94.7 million although a large portion […]

March 22, 2021

Who is behind Project Kraken?

Space Florida, a State-backed unit designed to build on Florida’s already hugely successful space-related activity, is in contact with Project Kraken – a mystery space business that could be looking to locate in or near Florida’s famous Space Coast. Amazon has confirmed that its Project Kuiper mega-constellation of 3,200 satellites have anything to do with […]

March 22, 2021

Bezos/Musk alumni create new rocket business

Stoke-Space Technologies with a C-level staff list that includes some hirings from Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk-backed businesses Blue Origin and SpaceX, has raised $9.1 million seed capital for its development work on a rocket’s important second stage. Musk’s SpaceX has solved (usually) the task of getting a rocket’s first stage back to Earth, and […]

March 1, 2021By Chris Forrester